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Immunizations and Antibiotics for Oversea Travel (cont.)

Traveler's First-Aid Kit (Health Kit)

It may be advisable to put together your own first-aid kit, especially if traveling to a developing country or an area with limited medical care. Packing medicines for travel is critically important in many countries. Items to consider include the following:

  • An appropriate bag for all items
  • Any necessary prescription medications, best left in their original containers (Make sure to pack extra in case the trip is unexpectedly extended.)
  • Medications for malaria, if prescribed
  • Medications for treatment of traveler's diarrhea, just in case it develops during the trip
  • Topical preparations for minor skin infections and wounds
  • Decongestants and antihistamines for upper respiratory tract infections
  • If you have known food allergies or other serious allergies for which you've been prescribed an EpiPen, make sure to take one with you.
  • Medications for pain relief and fevers (ibuprofen [Advil] and acetaminophen [Tylenol])
  • Thermometer
  • Flashlight
  • Assorted bandages

Medical Evacuation

Air evacuation can be very expensive, and health care given in some countries can be of questionable quality. There are a number of companies that offer medical evacuation insurance. The cost can be several hundred dollars, but the peace of mind might be worth the expense.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/21/2016

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